MediaCorp Teletext

MediaCorp Teletext was a Singaporean teletext information service provided by MediaCorp. It was carried on MediaCorp's Channel 5, Channel 8 and Channel NewsAsia. On top of the standard information carried by most teletext providers, it also carried information unique to Singapore, such as COE and ERP rates, announcements from selected ministries in Singapore and lottery results.

MediaCorp Teletext
Launched1 August 1983 (1983-08-01)
Closed30 September 2013 (2013-09-30)
NetworkMediaCorp TV
Owned byMediaCorp
CountrySingapore
LanguageEnglish
Websiteteletext.sg
Availability
Terrestrial
MediaCorp -
Analogue (PAL-B)
  • Channel 5
  • Channel 8
  • Channel NewsAsia

The service was also accessible over the Internet since 1999 until its shutdown in 2013.

History

The service was launched on Channel 5 and Channel 8 on 1 August 1983, being the first teletext service in Asia. It was called SBCText when it was initially launched.[1] It was later expanded to Channel News Asia when the channel was launched on 1 March 1999.

Teletext Classifieds was shut down on 1 September 2012.

On 3 September 2013, MediaCorp announced that the service will be discontinued from 30 September 2013 due to “declining usage”.[2]

Content

Teletext was provided on three MediaCorp channels, with each channel specialising in specific types of information. Teletext on Channel 5 specialised in entertainment and lifestyle information, Classifieds on Channel 8 and business information on Channel News Asia.

ChannelContent (page series)
MediaCorp Channel 5
  • News (100s)
  • Financial News & Stocks (200s)
  • SGX (300s)
  • Information (500s)
  • Leisure (850s)
MediaCorp Channel 8
  • Classifieds (closed on 1 September 2012) (160s, 200s, 300s and 500s)
  • Vehicles (500s)
  • Leisure (850s)
Channel NewsAsia
  • News (100s)
  • Financial News & Stocks (200s)
  • SGX (300s)
  • Financial Information (450, 480 & 490)
  • Information (500s)
  • Leisure (850s)

Teletext Online

When the service was still online, the Teletext versions of all three channels were available for browsing via the Internet and features a nearly up-to-date version of the Teletext shown on television (delays might be up to 10 minutes). As with the Teletext on television, this service is now discontinued.

References

  1. "Teletext Times". The Straits Times. 1983-07-23. Archived from the original on 2013-09-03.
  2. "Teletext to end service". Channel News Asia. 2013-09-03. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013.
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